DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday called on the world to fund and promote societal change to support girls’ education. Speaking at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar, Obama said more needs to be done to ensure girls know their bodies “are a source of pride, not pain or shame.” . . .
Obama’s speech comes as part of her Let Girls Learn initiative. The program encourages world leaders to provide education opportunities to an estimated 62 million girls globally who do not attend school. Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned, former Qatari ruler Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s most high-profile wife, opened Wednesday’s event by warning about the educational challenges the Mideast faces amid wars and societal challenges.
Phi Beta Iota: The Internet and home schooling are a viable alternative for those societies, predominantly Muslim but also tribal, that hold women beneath contempt as a gender. So also are boarding schools, both in country and gated, and out of country. Afghanistan was briefly a success story and could be again. Women are half the World Brain. We cannot go forward without women at full capacity.